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Here’s my lo-fi tribute to the original Cosmos TV series with Carl Sagan. Made with old photos from the series found in Cinefantastique magazine. Music ‘Heaven and Hell part 1 by Vangelis #carlsagan #cosmos #tvseries #cosmostv #astronomy #galaxy #vangelis #synthesizer #synthwave

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Consider Again That Pale Blue Dot

“It is well within our power to destroy our civilization and perhaps our species as well… We are also capable of using our compassion and intelligence, our technology and our wealth to make an abundant meaning life for every inhabitant of this planet. To enhance enormously our understanding of the universe and to carry us to the stars..” - Carl Sagan

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This is the second in a series of rare or obscure Carl Sagan videos, including interviews, biographies, and presentations; augmented with related facts and new information discovered since the segment aired.

In this video, originally aired in the fall of 1988, Carl Sagan explains the importance of SETI in an interview on CBC.

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Thank you, Chuck, for another great submission. Chuck has shared with us another Carl quotation, this time from my favourite episode of the Carl Sagan Tribute Series, The Blessing and the Curse (from about the 10:22 mark):

Chuck Houston: Here’s an abridged quotation from Part 12 of the Carl Sagan Tribute Series:

Our remote descendants…will marvel at how vulnerable the repository of all our potential once was, how perilous our infancy, how humble our beginnings, how many rivers we had to cross before we found our way.“

What makes this so beautiful, for me, is that it describes both a very typical human personal narrative of rising to greatness, and an inspirational, hopeful narrative for the future of human civilization; that indeed, humans as a species will rise to greatness.

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In The Frailty of Knowledge, Carl Sagan takes us back in time to the great Egyptian Library of Alexandria, the centre of knowledge and reason in the ancient world. Sagan tells us the story of the demise of the Library, and the brutal murder of one of the library’s most dedicated scientists, Hypatia. Sagan concludes with a stirring appeal to our thirst for knowledge, as opposed to our propensity to commit atrocities and destroy knowledge.

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you what is perhaps the crowning achievement of the Milky Way Musings’ creative team: Cosmos - A Three-Movement Choral Suite by Kenley Kristofferson.

Over the course of a year, Kenley was inspired to write Cosmos using the words of Carl Sagan with the ultimate goal of synthesizing science and art to bring each of the two realms closer together than ever before. Under the watchful eye of Kenley, using the performance video provided by his videographers, we transformed this audio masterpiece into an audio-visual experience like no other. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

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Happy Cosmic New Year! In Carl Sagan’s Cosmic Calendar, the 13.7-billion-year history of the universe is compressed into a single calendar year. In this new rendition of The Cosmic Calendar–remastered in HD–Sagan presents the history of the universe and the emergence of life on Earth in a mere 11 minutes.

“What happens in the first second of the next cosmic year depends on what we do, here and now, with our intelligence, and our knowledge of the cosmos.” -Carl Sagan
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In Heaven and Hell, Carl Sagan introduces us to Venus - our sister world and neighbour within the habitable zone of our sun. But Venus is a planetary inferno, hot enough at its surface to melt lead. Carl contrasts the Hell of Venus to the comparative Heaven that is the Earth - but outlines how human activity could transform our personal Heaven into a Hell like Venus.

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In the eighteenth installment of the Carl Sagan Tribute Series, Carl details an astonishing consequence of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, that time travel is possible. When travelling close to the speed of light, time slows down, enabling technical civilizations to travel far into the distant future and to possibly circumnavigate the known universe in a human lifetime.

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Carl Sagan once opined that “…science is a collaborative enterprise, spanning the generations. When it permits us to see the far side of some new horizon, we remember those who prepared the way, seeing for them also.”

In light of Curiosity’s successful landing on Mars, this proclamation is as relevant today as it ever was. Carl was at the vanguard of planetary exploration, having played a pivotal role in NASA’s Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo missions. More specifically, Carl, along with his contemporaries, revolutionized our understanding of the red planet during the Viking missions.

Carl recognized the limitations of the Viking lander because of its immobility, and highlighted the need for Mars rovers. Tragically, Carl died two weeks after Sojourner, the first Mars rover, began its trek towards the red planet. Where Sojourner was largely a proof-of-concept mission, the Curiosity rover, like Spirit and Opportunity before it, almost fully embodies Carl’s vision for robotic exploration on Mars.

So this video is for you, Carl. We remember you for preparing the way, and we are seeing for you also.